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Mrs Maria Pilikou

Associate Lecturer in Law Relating to Security at Sea



LLM Master of Laws (London School of Economics and Political Science, 2007)

LLB Bachelor of Laws (King’s College London, 2006)

Rhodes Oceans Scholar (Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy, 2015)

Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, since 2017


Employment Track

Legal Advisor, Energy and Marine Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus (2011-currently)

Lecturer, International Law of the Sea, Cyprus Police Academy (2014-currently)

Research Associate, Cyprus University of Technology (2014-2015)

Lawyer, Dr K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC, Law Office (2008-2011)

Legal Officer, International Labour Organization, Geneva (2008)


Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • Cyprus Bar Association
  • International Law Association, Cyprus


Research Interests

International Law of the Sea, maritime spatial planning, maritime security, marine scientific research, hydrographic surveys, military surveys, chart production, maritime boundaries disputes, marine environmental law, underwater cultural heritage


Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

  • Module leader for the LLM module Law relating to Security at Sea, since 2015


Selective Publications 

  • C. Kastrisios and M. Pilikou, ‘Nautical cartography competences and their effect to the realisation of a worldwide Electronic Navigational Charts database, the performance of ECDIS and the fulfilment of IMO chart carriage requirements’Marine Policy 75 (2017) 29–37.
  • D. G. Hadjimitsis et al., ‘Maritime Spatial Planning in Cyprus’, Open Geosciences, 2016, 8:653–661;

Maria Pilikou is a qualified lawyer in Cyprus, currently providing services as an advisor to the Division of Energy and Marine Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus. Her area of expertise is international law, with focus on international law of the sea. At UCLan Cyprus she teaches the LLM module on ‘Maritime Law and Security’.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from King’s College London, University of London, a Master of Laws (LLM) on International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, and a Rhodes Oceans Scholar Diploma from the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy.

Ms Pilikou regularly gives lectures on international law of the sea and related national legislation at the Cyprus Police Academy, and has previously done so for the Cyprus Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and the Cyprus Navy. She contributed to the European Research Programme INTEREG Greece – Cyprus ‘Cross-border Cooperation for the Development of Maritime Spatial Planning’, and has made a number of publications and contributions on various legal issues, including the international law of the sea.